Picademy

A full weekend of study at Bath University. Being presented with the opportunities and the potential of Raspberry Pi by those who know it best. My thanks to Dan, Mark, Laura and Alan for an amazing time.

 

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Radio Phone

Dad loved this phone. I used to get in trouble for borrowing it. Before there were “cordless” phones and well before many people had mobile phones, this was an early “I’m in the garden” device.!

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Plickers in Science

Popping into a Year 7 Science lesson I was perplexed to find all the pupils elevating laminated symbols above their heads as their teacher held her phone up to scan the scene.

The data promptly appeared on the white board at the front. This was my first taste of Plickers in action – now I am keen to give it a go!

 

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1998, a starter

The wonderfully talented Year 13 A Level Computer Science class that I teach weren’t quite sure what to make of my scrawled starter question: what happened in 1998?

They made some great suggestions (considering that this occurred comprehensively before their birth!), but what I remember of 1998  is that the idea started to formulate in my mind that not everyone was going to grasp what computers were all about in time to join the rapidly approaching Twenty First Century.

Flickernet arrived in December 1999.

Twenty years on it is clear to me that the need for Computer Education, in all its forms, is as urgent today as it was back then.

 

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Washroom Screen

There is something fascinating  revealed on those rare occasions when computer hardware (here at Heathrow) reveals what it is really thinking.!

 

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NCCE Certification

 

  • Just to round off the training that I have been fortunate to receive recently: the NCCE Certificate in Computer Science Subject Knowledge has come through. Julia kindly presented me with it at BCS HQ.

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BCS Certified!

Delighted to record that I have been awarded the BCS Certificate in Secondary Computer Science Teaching – my thanks to LPA for providing the experience and guidance to achieve this key qualification.

As a separate, but related, enterprise I have also been made a STEM facilitator for the National Centre for Computing Excellence (NCCE). This means that I can help to deliver the new NCCE curriculum.

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English Scratch / debating

We recorded our responses to pupil debating using an agreement / disagreement selector on the screen of each pupil: as persuasion shifts the balance, so the background colour indicates the viewpoint of each pupil around the room.

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Joe

Farewell to my Cousin Joe. I just wanted to record here how much I miss him – we all do. Joe always supported any tech venture that I made. The way that he pondered a concept, and gave gentle pointers was such a precious gift.

Full obituary here:

JPG

 

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